So I got a male baby ringneck on sunday he was hatched March 25th so he is 2 months old. He was on 2 feeds a day and was picking at pellets and fruit/veg according to the breeder. The breeder had mostly tube fed the babies because he says IRN are terribly difficult to feed and will refuse food. he said this one he had been syringe feeding for some time now so he should be fine. Well we got him home and he refuses to hand feed and refuses to eat anything. We can towel him and force him to eat but I hate doing that. I have hand fed plenty of birds from African Greys to cockatiels and never had anything like this. He is also refusing to eat any fruit or veggies or pellets or seeds or millet or anything unless its forced down. He sits on one spot on his perch and doesn't move except to preen a little and turn around some times. I am at a loss as to what to try to get him to eat and am on the verge of bringing him back to the breeder to finish weaning completely. He is getting a little more comfortable with me and will sit on my fingers without flying off but he is still pretty nervous. I have never heard of IRN being so difficult to feed or of them starving themselves to death but the breeder says they will. He was suppose to be a hand fed/tamed baby but I think the breeder just tubed them and moved on due to the number of babies he has of multiple breeds so this baby is not really hand tamed much beyond getting a tube feeding.
thanks in advance for any help.
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